Now children can experience music at the most basic level, before ever picking up an instrument or learning to read! Morton Subotnick's series of interactive music games facilitates experimenting with the fundamentals of pitch, rhythm and sounds of various instruments and styles of music. Children learn what it means to play a high or low note, soft or loud and fast or slow, with lovable characters and detailed explanations to guide them along the way!
This series of fun-filled games breaks musical concepts down to patterns, visuals and easy exercises. Children learn to identify different sections of music, nuances in a melody and changes in rhythm---all by listening to songs by the world's most famous composers. Explore the elements that build music; hear musical differences in endings, repetitions and variations; compare differences in the music you hear; link musical phrases in the proper order; see what you hear by matching the musical notation to the sound clip; learn the difference between 'same' and 'similar'; grow from beginner to advanced with three levels for each game. For Parents and Teachers: Easy tools let you track progress and manage multiple players. An integrated help menu provides audio instructions for each game. Ages 5 and up.
In addition to all the elements of the Home Edition, the Classroom Edition has the following additional features:
The CD is a master which is used to install the application on each classroom computer. The CD itself does not have to be in the computer to run the program.
The application offers multiple-user login functionality.
There is a parent-teacher management section which allows for various types of management functions including Assessment Tests.
The web button takes the user to special site where teachers, parents and students can share information as well as additional activities.
Contents:About Music: an illustrated audio lecture, divided into chapters: Why We Hear, How Very Well We Hear, How We Hear, The Way We Speak, Where Music Came From, Expressing Our Feelings, Hearing Music Makes Us Feel Things, What Music IsMade Of, Practice Practice Practice, The World of Music.
Ordering: hear a sample piece of music, then arrange the parts of the music into the correct order. Level 1 has a melody line only; level 2 has melody and harmony; level 3 has chamber music with one type of instrument; and level 4 has chambermusic with multiple instruments.
Matching: in level 1, find the pieces of music that are the same (3 choices are given). Includes rhythmic drum patterns, scales, and small musical excerpts; most use only one instrument. Level 2 includes some chord progressions and longer samplesof music. Level 3 gives 4 choices; sometimes the same music is played with different instruments - you music find the two that match exactly. Level 4 gives you an example and 4 answer choices. Find the answer that is similar to the example but notthe same- the answer that is in the same style as the example but with different notes. Often one of the answer choices is the same as the example.
Comparing: define whether the two pieces played are the same or different. In level 1 both samples use the same instrument; level 2 gives longer samples, including some chords. Level 3 gives four answer choices and level 4 gives five answerchoices- in each, you must define how the second sample is different from the first. It may be higher, lower, faster, slower, upside-down, backwards, or the same.
Reading: practice identifying the written music that matches what you hear; divided into beginning and advanced sections. For beginning, level 1 has one bar and a single line of music, with quarter, half, and whole notes; level 2 uses treble andbass clef lines together; level 3 shows notation choices that are more similar to each other; and level 4 adds eighth notes and dotted quarter-eighth combinations. Advanced level 1 begins with one bar; the notation choices given are very similar(includes some chord progressions). Level 2 has two-bar samples; level 3 adds sixteenth notes, triplets, and up to 3-bar samples; level 4 uses many sixteenth notes.
Windows: Windows 95/ 98/ ME/ 2000/ XP 12 MB Hard Disk space 8 MB RAM External Speakers or Headphones Sound Card
Mac: Mac O.S. 8 to X 12 MB hard disk space 8 MB RAM External speakers or headphones